Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cheese Crust Apple Pie

Size :9.5-inch pie plate
For the pie  dough :

2-1/2             cups all-purpose flour
1                    cup  shredded  sharp cheese
1                    tablespoon sugar
1                    teaspoon salt
2                   stick  unsalted butter, very cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4                 cup very cold water
        
For  the pie filling :

3-1/2             pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices
3/4                cup sugar
1                   teaspoon cinnamon
1/8                teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8                teaspoon ground allspice
1/4                cup cornstarch
1/2                teaspoon lemon zest
juice of half a lemon
pinch of salt
1                   egg, combined with 1 tablespoon of water
turbinado sugar (optional)

To make the pie dough:

1 .     Begin by combing the flour, sugar, cheese and salt in a large bowl. Sprinkle the cubes of butter over the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour. Continue to do so until the mixture resembles small peas. Slowly drizzle in the cold water and combine with a rubber spatula. Continue to add water until the dough comes together. Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Divide the dough into two balls. Flatten each ball into a dish, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours.
2 .    After the pie dough has chilled for at least two hours, roll out one disc of dough into a 12-inch circle on a well-floured surface. Carefully transfer the dough to the pie plate. Using your hand, flatten the dough into the corners of the dish. The dough should hang over the edges of the dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
3 .     Roll out the second disc of dough into a 12-inch circle on a well-floured surface. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, place it on a baking sheet for easy transfer, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

To make the filling:

1 .    Place the peeled, cored, and sliced apples in a large bowl. Toss with the juice of half a lemon.
2 .     In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cornstarch, pinch of salt, and lemon zest.
3 .     Add the sugar mixture to the apples. Using your hands, toss the apples and sugar mixture together until all of the apples are evenly coated.

To assemble the pie:

1 .     Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2 .     Carefully spoon the apple filling into the dough-lined pie plate. Use a rubber spatula to press the filling down as needed. If necessary, it is okay to mound the apples slightly in the center of the dish.
3 .     Unwrap the second circle of dough and carefully lay over the top of the pie filling. Using your fingers, press the top and bottom crust together to seal. Use kitchen shears to trim the dough until it only hangs over the edge of the pie plate by half an inch. Tuck the dough under itself onto the edge of the pie plate. Crimp the crust with your fingers or a fork, if desired.
4 .     Using a sharp paring knife, cut four slits in the top of the pie crust to allow stream to escape. Combine an egg and 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the pie with egg wash. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar, if using.
5 .    Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 1 to 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

TIPS :

This pie is very buttery and juicy. If needed, place the die dish on a large baking sheet when baking to catch any and all juices.

24 comments:

  1. Wow!! The pie looks too delish.. I wish I could taste it.

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    1. Hi Gloria , you are always welcome ;-D

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  2. i love the rustic loook of the apple pie and cheese crust?...nvr tried that before but i believe it's yum!

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    1. I Lena , tried to make it pretty , but the taste makes ups for it . ;-D

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  3. Never made a cheese crust for a pie before. This is so perfect for apple pie -- what a clever idea! Thanks so much.

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    1. Hi John , melted cheese on your pie , this way you have the cheese in your crust so eat up , thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Good afternoon Nee,
    I love apple pie and this one is so different by using the cheese in the dough. I have never tried that...but I will try it next time I make an apple pie. I usually make one apple pie every week. My family loves them and especially my niece, she comes home from college every so often and then she gets to have a piece. Thanks dear friend for this beautiful and yummy pie! Have a super day and a blessed week. Dottie :)

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    1. Evening Dottie ,
      My family loves apples any way you fix them , from raw to baked and everything in between . The cheese s good in the dough if you like cheese on your pie and you can add a dollop of whip cream or ice cream . Thanks for stopping by and have a great and blessed week . ~Nee~ ;-D

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  5. "Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a Squeeze" They say this is a New England saying but I think it is just perfect for your amazingly delicious Apple Pie with a Cheese crust, Nee! Ingenious!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Nee...

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    1. Hi Louise , I have to think of different things , everyone want cheese , I decided to put it in the crust and te kids are happy , Baby Boy said next one mama make a drunk pie with cheese . trying dishes out n then for Thanksgiving . Thanks for stopping by and (((HUGS))) to you and Marion . ~Nee~

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  6. Hi Nee, I've heard of apple pie and cheese, never have had it before but this sounds and looks delicious!

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    1. Hi Cheri , If you like apple pie you will love it with cheese ... if not in the crust , just a lice on top , Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. This is such an interesting crust for apple pie...and I am loving the cheese in it. I can imagine a bite of this pie...yum!
    I hope you are enjoying your week Nee :)

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    1. Hi Juliana , The crust was a spur of the moment idea . My family love cheese on their pie and I was out f sliced cheese , but had cheddar , and the crust was born . Thanks for stopping by and hope your week is going good . ;- D ~nee~

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  8. This crust sounds very interesting! And pie looks very good..

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    1. Hi Medeja , if you like cheese on your pie this is the way to go . Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. Dear Nee, I bet this is great. I love apples and cheese and this pie has it all. I think this would be nice at the Thanksgiving holiday. Blessings dear. Catherine xoxo

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    1. Hi Catherine , with 4 kids (6 to 13) I have to come up with a lot of different ideas and they help a lot . It will be one of the pies on Thanksgiving holiday . Thanks for stopping by ... Blessing to you dear Catherine ;- D ~Nee~

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  10. Wowee! This sounds fabulous...apples and cheese that's an awesome combo of flavors...I would never have thought of combining them for a dessert though. Oh how delicious, Nee! ^_^

    Have wonderful weekend lovely.

    xoxoxoxo

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    1. Hi Tammy , you have the cheese and pie in one , the flavors is delightful . Thank you for stopping by and I do love your desserts .
      Have a nice weekend and stay warm sweetie ;-D ~Nee~

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  11. Hi Nee,
    I love apple pies! And with cheesy crust, sounds even better! Looks so delicious!

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    1. Hi Joyce ,
      You will have to give this one a try , I call it an all in one . Thanks for stopping by , have a wonderful weekend ;-D ~Nee~

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  12. Gorgeous and delicious apple pie...I love, love the crust, especially!

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